4 out of 4 stars
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Life happens to everyone, and sometimes it can get really messy that you want to throw in the towel. Jorge Newbery’s memoir is a classic example of the saying that tough times don’t last, only tough people do. In his quest to have a pretty great life of tremendous achievements, he set out early to get his bite of the cake in the world of business. Just like every typical American desiring to live the American dream, he was determined and undeterred. He tried his hands on so many ventures from paper delivery to real estate. A major natural disaster happened that affected one of his biggest investments. To recover from the rubble, he was plunged into huge debts. Jorge Newbery’s survival journey is contained in the pages of his memoir, Burn Zones: Playing Life’s Bad Hands.
Truth be told, memoirs can be boring. There are only a few memoirs that fit the bill of being informative, insightful, and interesting at the same time. In all honesty, Burn Zones: Playing Life’s Bad Hands by Jorge P. Newbery is an embodiment of the three attributes I mentioned above. This is a classic page-turner that keeps the reader glued to it from start to finish. Jorge’s story appeals to everyone who either wants to run a successful business someday or is currently running one but facing some sorts of difficulties. Anyone who reads this book will definitely pick one lesson or two that will help them navigate the rough waters of life or business.
Jorge’s writing style was what thrilled me the most as I read through the pages of this memoir. He was simplistic in the presentation of his thoughts. His words had a way of playing rhythmically in my head like a delightful sonnet. This made this book engaging and easy to read. He avoided the use of jargon though he was vastly experienced in the business world. As a matter of fact, a High School kid will understand this book as well as a college professor. This is what I liked most about this book. This book was such a joy to read.
One more thing I picked out from the book was how Jorge’s personality was given full play. He laid himself bare for anyone reading this book to easily connect to his person and the struggles he faced. Though he couldn’t escape sharing his accomplishments, this book was about how he navigated the challenging waters of life and business. This, for a fact, inspired the title of this book, Burn Zones. This is one of the few memoirs where the author was completely down to earth in sharing his experiences in life and business.
There was absolutely nothing I disliked about this book. The writing was top-notch and the editing was professional. Without bias, I rate it four out of four stars. I recommend this to anyone who wants to get some practical insights on how to overcome the challenges that come with running a business.
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